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India: The political economy of the cow politics, and associated agrarian crisis, lynchings and the growth of the communal forces.


Friday 7 July 2017, by siawi3

Source: Peoples Media Advocacy & Resource Centre- PMARC


Agrarian Crisis, Cow Politics and Lynching

July 7, 2017 | 3:00 – 6:00 | Deputy Speaker Hall, Constitution Club

Speakers :

Prof D N Jha, Eminent Historian and former professor and Chair, department of History, University of Delhi

Prof Vikas Rawal, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Moderator Prof. Archna Prasad, Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Arif and Arshad, sons of Pehlu Khan, Dairy farmer died in Alwar lynching incident will attend the event.


Since, the formation of the NDA government we have witnessed a sprout of violence based on communal hatred and religious intolerance starting from Dadri and frequent incidents in Una, Jammu, Alwar, and lynching of Dalits and Minorities in Jharkhand, Assam, West Bengal etc. These have been met with denials and criminal silence from the administration barring occasional utterances from the Prime Minister has only emboldened the vigilante groups. The state governments complete failure to take immediate and effective action against the culprits, shows the tacit complicity in these acts and a vague endorsement, reflected in the statements made by the BJP spokespersons, Ministers or functionaries of the Sangh family. These incidents combined with the statements on other issues together point towards the sustained effort to establish Hindu domination and subjugation of other religious minorities.

The rise of communal politics is coterminous with an economic design, favouring bigger and organized businesses, mainly in private sector. The recent cattle notification, has impacted the farming community and only added to the already existing agrarian crisis. The Central Government order of banning cattle trade for the purpose of slaughter has led to widespread alienation among the peasantry especially the small and the poor sections since 50% of the animal wealth belongs to this section and the income from Animal Husbandry has been 26% of the agrarian GDP and 7.65% of the GDP. Though the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has stayed the order the impact of the move is apparent all over the country. The cattle trade and transportation have been badly affected and the price of the cattle has come down heavily distressing the peasant households all over the country. The impact on the tannery, meat processing and traditional meat retail market sectors are enormous that provides employment and income to lakhs of people especially those belongs to Dalits and minority sections.

BhumiAdhikarAndolan has campaigned to highlight the fact that cattle slaughter issue is also an agrarian issue devastating the economy of peasant agriculture along with it being a communal issue. Our campaign has demanded that the enactments made by various BJP ruled State Governments to ban cow slaughter must include provisions to obligate the State Governments to pay market price to the farmers for their cattle wealth. Also in order to save the standing crop from the menace of stray cattle, the State Government must procure and maintain all stray cattle without burdening the public with any additional cattle cess.

It is in this context that we invite you to under the political economy of the cow politics, and associated agrarian crisis, lynchings and the growth of the communal forces. Let us all come together by bringing poetries of resistance, recite, read and share them with everyone.

Coordination Committee
Bhumi Adhikar Andolan

National Alliance for Peoples Movements (NAPM), All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), All India Kisan Sabha (Ajay Bhawan), All India Kisan Sabha (Canning Lane), Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Khet Mazdoor Sangathan, Lok Sangharsh Morcha, Jan Sangharsh Samanvaya Samiti, Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan (CBA), Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, All India Agriculture Workers Union, Sanyukt Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, INSAF, Delhi Solidarity Group, Kisan Manch, Bhartiya Kisan Union Arajnaitik Asali, Mines, Minerals and People (MMP) and, others